Squid Game Leads to Real-Life Tragedy – North Korean Man Shot Dead, Students Imprisoned

North Korean citizen who imported Squid Game was shot dead while several students who watched and passed the USB drive containing the show were sentenced to life imprisonment - Reports.

Published: November 24, 2021 12:12 PM IST

By India.com Entertainment Desk | Edited by Vineeta Kumar

Squid Game Leads to Real-Life Tragedy - North Korean Man Shot Dead, Students Imprisoned
Squid Game Leads to Real-Life Tragedy - North Korean Man Shot Dead, Students Imprisoned (Photo Courtesy: Netflix)

Squid Game news: Korean drama Squid Game might have created a stir on social media but things have been turning really bizarre across the border. The South Korean series has got unimaginable popularity all across the world but the same has cost the citizens of North Korea their life. As reported by American news media outlet Radio Free Asia, students in North Korea received severe punishment after they were caught watching Squid Game.

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The report mentioned that a few citizens were caught importing the Netflix show on USB drives across the border but the authorities got to know of the same and while two of them were sentenced to five years of labour reformation, one of them was sentenced to life prison. Many others who were charged with importing labour USB sticks with the Korean drama were shot dead. The report added that seven high school students from Chongjin City and North Hamgyong Province were caught watching the thriller by the 109th Joint Command of Staff’s inspection.

The whole chain of students was established after one of them got caught and he revealed the identity of the one he purchased the USB from who in turn revealed about the one who originally passed the USB. The case is now being treated as the only case of juvenile offence with such a harsh punishment. The authorities, however, are viewing it as a case that would strengthen the country’s censorship of foreign content.

Not just the students, but the principal, the youth secretary and the teachers from the high school were also punished in the case. Some of them also had to lose their jobs.

Meanwhile, Squid Game will reportedly be back with a second season. At least director Dong-hyuk hinted at the same recently.

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Published Date: November 24, 2021 12:12 PM IST